New story love is a special kind of love. So too is new hero love. And I adore my new hero. Or should I say, I adore my new-old hero, cause he’s not really new, having made his first appearance in my Feel The Heat entry last year. However, he IS kind of new in that he actually has some internal conflict. Plus I’ve also given him a sympathetic in with the heroine, because in his first incarnation, apart from his astoninishingly good looks, he didn’t have anything that she could admire about him. Or even like. And let’s face it, if your h&h are going to be antagonistic, there has to be something there that each finds admirable about the other otherwise your love story isn’t going to be very believable.
It’s all about the sympathy factor. Is your character sympathetic? This is doubly important (I think) when you’ve got a rude hero. And my hero is one of those lazy, arrogant, sarcastic types because, sad to say, I really like those kind of heroes. Mostly because their downfall into love is so delicious…
Anyway, I think this touches on one of the seven sins that I Heart Presents listed about the comp entries – a hero who gets irrationally cross and treats everyone like dirt. This isn’t alpha. This is just being an a*hole. So how to stop your sarcastic hero from coming across as a guy you’d just want to kick? Give him motivation. Why is he being so rude? Is he sick? Tired? Worried about something else? Angry? And if he’s angry, why is he angry?
For dear Alex, his reason for being an ass is that he’s worried about his father and having to deal with a bunch of protestors who are bothering him with what he thinks of as inconsequential problems is the last thing he wants to think about. Especially as one of the protestors is very, very attractive.
True, this isn’t an excuse for his rudeness but at least there is a reason behind it. And the reason is the ‘in’ with the heroine because when Kate discovers it, she is immediately sympathetic. Family is important to her and she finds his concern for his father attractive.
I should confess also that the other reason I love sarcastic heroes is because they do make the dialogue fun to write. Especially when you pair them with an equally quick heroine. Oooh, yum, yum. I love my dialogue – can you tell?
So what’s your favourite type of hero then? Do you like yours with lashings of sarcasm? Or are you more into the strong, silent type?